As summer winds down and fall approaches, people are looking to the trees in the northeast, and at their flowerbeds or fields in the south.
As the seasons shifted many figured the smoke from Canada was done after it destroyed much of the early summer. Not so fast.
Instead, the latest smoke plomb has extended from Quebec down to Miami, and as far west as Seattle. Blanketing the sky with haze, the blue hue is sharply gone and instead replaced by a hazy yellow, with many unable to see much through the haze of a cloudlike sky. As the smoke billows into the air, the timing and placement is odd.
This smoke is changing the weather patterns as we get into a transitional time of the year for crop harvests, hunting seasons, and the start of winter. Unlike the smoke back in June, this time it is hanging out higher in the atmosphere. While this means far less significant impacts on your breathing, the impacts on the weather and sunlight reaching the ground are monumental.
Back on October 3rd and 4th, even Tampa and Orlando had weather advisories and an orange tint to the sky. Rated ‘Moderate’ air quality, people were not encouraged to take their prolonged exposure outdoors. Especially seniors or those looking to exercise. National Weather Service meteorologist Will Ulrich from Melbourne, FL said on the 3rd “I have lived in Florida for going on about 20 years, and this is the first time I can remember seeing such a thick blanket of smoke. For the past 24 hours, we’ve seen milky white, very hazy conditions across the peninsula.”
That same day, Seattle reported ‘unhealthy’ air. Slightly below that at ‘unhealthy for some’ were NYC, Pittsburg, Atlanta, LA, and Detroit among others. While LA and NYC aren’t as much of a surprise given their history with smog and pollution, they have been trending downwards for some time now.
An environmental manager from Canada named Shane Thompson cautioned Canadians against thinking these fires would stop any time soon. Instead, he cautioned them to get ready to live with it until the snowfalls start rolling in. Then again, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his poor forest management policy. Especially since he has refused to increase the budget for firefighting agencies, or even restart a national firefighters association. He just turns a blind eye towards it, like there is nothing to be seen here; nothing to be done.
The Pacific Research Institute (PRI) did a full report on the surge in wildfires back in July. They noted that in the last 40 years fires had remained flat. Forests were well-managed and highly maintained, so there was little to worry about. Then in 2021, they started shooting up. It wasn’t from climate change like activists tried claiming. It was the result of piss poor forest management under Trudeau paying off.
The report stated the US did their own damage. “Policymakers chose a path that over the last century has turned U.S. forests into “tinder boxes” that are highly “vulnerable to catastrophic wildfire.” Forests are overflowing with accelerants: deadwood, uncontrolled brush and trees that “are packed together at up to five times their natural density.” An unwillingness to perform controlled burns and cut fuel breaks also intensifies fires. The negligence – what else can it be called? – produced fires in 2020 (the year when wildfires hardly registered in Canada) that spewed more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than all industrial emissions combined.”
Decisions like these are horrific and make it crystal clear; that the end will only be reached once these liberals are out of office. We have created an environment that needs maintenance. It needs to be trimmed and edged much like a good flowerbed. Without it, we get wildfires like these, yet elected officials just keep ignoring them.
They want to blame climate change and other external factors. Anything but their inaction.
Until they accept the responsibility for fixing things, there will be no reprieve from these fires, or other environmental disasters that happen all in the name of “green”.